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The Trump Administration has named its choice to lead the federal office on homelessness: Robert Marbut, a well-known consultant to cities trying to tackle the issue.

Tensions are growing between homeless advocates and the Trump administration, which is in the process of crafting a new strategy to deal with rising homelessness in California and other states.

Advocacy groups are concerned that the plan will rely on more vigorous law enforcement and private market incentives rather than on efforts to house homeless individuals and provide supportive services — a policy known as Housing First that has been embraced across the country over the last decade.

City officials in Las Vegas have passed a controversial law making it illegal to sleep or camp in downtown and residential public areas as long as there are open beds available at city homeless shelters.

Before the vote, protesters swarmed the Las Vegas City Council chambers with signs that read, "Poverty is not a crime," and chanting, "Housing, not handcuffs!"

Columbus City Council last night approve spending 275 thousand dollars on programs to help people facing eviction or homelessness. 

Community leaders and homeless advocates today celebrated the expansion of a housing development for people experiencing homelessness, mental health conditions, and addiction. 

When a panhandler approaches a car in the intersection — his hand out, his eyes wide — that physical interaction is protected by the First Amendment, a federal district judge ruled Monday when he threw out an Arkansas city's panhandling ban.

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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation giving 4.3 million dollars to the Community Shelter Board for programs to fight homelessness. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says central Ohio's homeless population rose this year by nearly seven percent to the second-highest level in more than a decade.  

As part of a nationwide effort to provide permanent, affordable housing to non-elderly residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than two million dollars to a dozen public housing agencies in Ohio. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is asking 69 Ohio municipalities to repeal bans on panhandling.

The Community Shelter Board received the second largest grant in the latest round of federal funding to prevent youth homelessness. 

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has designated all of its 23 branches a 'Safe Place', as part of a partnership with Huckleberry House to connect homeless youth to services.  

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Columbus City Council is scheduled to introduce legislation on Monday designed to curb aggressive panhandling. 

A new report shows only two of the ten most common jobs in Ohio pay enough for a worker to rent a two-bedroom apartment. 

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Columbus City Council this week approved legislation giving 75 thousand dollars to the Community Shelter Board to support a program fighting infant mortality.

Despite a slight increase nationally, homelessness declined in Ohio according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has established new rules to "dispel the notion" that people are camping inside its buildings. 

The Open Shelter

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday afternoon for one of the operators of The Open Shelter for homeless men in Columbus. 

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A Franklin County jury has convicted a man of killing his girlfriend in a south side homeless camp last year. 

Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum focused on Franklin County's eviction rate, which is the highest in the state.

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The Columbus School Board Tuesday approved new or amended contracts with the Central Ohio Transit Authority and private companies to handle a growing number of transportation requests by homeless families for students traveling between the city and suburban districts.

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A homeless man charged in the death of another homeless man whose body was found burning outside a Muskingum County church last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

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The Community Shelter Board today conducted its annual homeless count in Columbus and Franklin County.